Jesus is so counter cultural.
Looking through our LIVE Church Facebook page I saw this verse posted and was reminded what an incredible God we serve.
So many gods, rulers, dictators, and kings throughout history have heaped burdens on people's shoulders. A king had become known as a position of great power that doesn't come to save the people but imprison them.
I am reminded of King Herod ruling at the time of Jesus' birth. He was horrible to the people. He was responsible for mass murder including all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were 2 years old and under. He was the ruler over Judea and was known as the Savior, the Messiah, the Anointed King. Power was his addiction and he would remove anyone who threatened this power. When he heard of Jesus' birth his power was threatened and his response was brutal.
Interesting when you look at the Messiah, Jesus, who came to actually save the people. His power was used to free the lost, release burdens, feed the hungry, and point people to the one true Father God. His actions were always to the benefit of the hearer. His motivation was selfless. His concern was first the Father and then the people.
What would happen if we led like Jesus? Put those around us first. Used our power to heal and help. Were most concerned about doing the Father's work. Always looked out for the best interest of those around us; even sacrificed for their well-being.